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35 New COVID-19 Cases Recorded

20 of the cases were from alerts and contacts that were picked from the community in the areas of Kampala, Amuru, Mayuge, Kyotera, Wakiso, Dokolo and Amolatar, while 15 were from truck drivers who were tested from Elegu border post, Busia, in Lia, Malaba and the Oraba.

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Uganda's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen to 557 after 35 more people tested positive for the disease from samples that were tested on Thursday. The new cases were part of the 2,267 samples that were tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute and the Central Public Health Laboratory.

20  of the cases were from alerts and contacts that were picked from the community in the areas of  Kampala, Amuru, Mayuge, Kyotera, Wakiso, Dokolo and Amolatar, while 15 were from truck drivers who were tested from Elegu border post, Busia, in Lia, Malaba and the Oraba. Another 31 foreign truck drivers were sent back to their countries of origin after testing positive. 

This week, over 140 confirmed cases have been recorded in the country. Over half of these cases were reported from alerts and contacts within communities. Dr Diana Atwine, the permanent secretary at the health ministry says the rise in cases among the community is worrying.

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Uganda's number of confirmed cases has now surpassed Rwanda which has 410 and Tanzania with 509. Kenya and South Sudan have the highest number of confirmed cases in the region each with 2,340 and 994 respectively. Atwine says that the country is yet to face the worst.

"The rest of the world has been reporting high numbers as we were preparing for the worst. With the numbers that we are now getting, the epidemic has just hit Uganda. We are likely to see much bigger numbers," Atwine said.